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State Honoree

Richard Mulder

Arizona

Richard Mulder, 13, of Prescott, Ariz., an eighth-grader at Prescott Mile High Middle School, volunteers twice a week to play games with two residents of a local senior citizens’ home. Richard was only 12 when he approached the activity director at the residence, who “saw through my child eyes at a person that was willing to take on an enormous responsibility,” said Richard. He eventually was given permission to volunteer, and he now visits his friends, Ed and Lilia, on Tuesdays and Thursdays and helps them pass the time by playing board and card games. Many of Richard’s friends don’t understand why he volunteers, but he tries to explain how he is touching Ed and Lilia’s lives deep down in their hearts. He believes his work at the senior residence is helping other young people to not only respect and appreciate senior citizens, but to understand that volunteering truly makes a difference.